The Corridor of Terror

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Ryan Friese

During the horrific reign of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979, Pol Pot and his forces slaughtered 1.8 million innocent Cambodians. About an equal number died from starvation and disease. In Phnom Penh, a high school was converted into Security Prison 21 (S-21) where an estimated 20,000 prisoners were tortured and killed. Classrooms were converted into torture chambers where prisoners were subjected to unimaginable abuse. As shown in the picture, a corridor was carved into the walls of adjacent classrooms so the Khmer Rouge agents could monitor and punish their victims with ruthless efficiency.

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia


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